There are a lot of enemies to the free internet and to our privacy all across europe. Be it surveillance laws made by governments or private industries that undermine the EU dataprotection reform.
But there is hope. There is a strong civil rights movement in Europe, which connects, once a year, at Freedom not Fear.
Therefore, save the date and spread the word for Freedom not Fear 2015. It will take place 16th – 19th October 2015, at Mundo B.
We are currently planing a lot of things, but most important is your participation. We have grown a lot in the last years and you can help us growing even more:
The more people come to Brussels, the better! Last year there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries. It is easy to join: There will be travel funding, organized by Digitalcourage. You can also ask your MEP if he or she is willing to fund your travel. Last year we made a How-To on how to contact them.
Join the international mailinglist. That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! We also have a Twitter-Account now: @fnf_eu
Freedom not Fear is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your workshop: Tell us, what you or your NGO has been doing on a certain topic and connect with other people from Europe, working on similar issues. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you with accommodation and such.
You will find more information about that here, as soon as we know.
Once again, Macedonia joins the international Freedom Not Fear movement supporting the following basic principles:
We want freedom of speech in a digitalized world and a free and uncensored internet to express ourselves
We want privacy in the knowledge society, not surveillance
We want to live in freedom, not in fear
The Metamorphosis Foundation is inviting representatives of the media, NGOs and other associations, government and educational institutions, the private sector and all other citizens to express their support by participating in the public event which is to be held on September 26, 2014 – Friday, 11 am in the GEM club (Menada) in the Old Skopje Bazaar.
Activities planned for the event in Skopje are a discussion about the demands of the Freedom Not Fear movement, public signing of a petition for support of the demands and distribution of promotional material (t-shirts).
On Thursday 25 September, one day before Freedom Not Fear, Access will be organising an Apero on the Future of the Internet from 17h to 20h in the Leopold
Park, right behind the European Parliament.
The event will bring together the digital civil rights community with the newly elected Members of European Parliament. This is a great opportunity for EDRi members to meet with MEPs and discuss your major priorities. Don’t forget to bring stickers and swag!
Date & Time: September 25 from 17h to 20h.
Venue: Leopold Park – Access via Rue Wiertz, near the entrance of the
European Parliament Paul Henri Spaak building
Food and drinks will be served
For further questions contact Reagan [raegan [#ät] accessnow [#dot] org
Such a meeting is a great opportunity for those of you who want to gain a little insight into how the EU committees work. And if you plan to go to the parliament on Monday anyhow, there won’t be organizational overhead. Just think about it
Thanks to Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP of the Green Party, and the organisation work by digitalcourage e.V. it is possible to offer travel allowances for a bunch of people who want to visit Freedom not Fear!
Registrations are accepted until Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 23:42. Places are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. There are three different options:
FNF weekend in Brussels with accommodation and breakfast (2-Bed-Room, Hotel Adagio Access Europe)
Price: 80 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
FNF weekend in Brussels with accommodation and breakfast (4-Bed-Room, Hotel Adagio Access Europe)
Price: 70 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
FNF weekend in Brussels without accomodation or breakfast
Price: 60 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (10-11:30 a.m.)
For some of you it might be neccessary to travel to FNF14 on your own money, e.g. if you are an independent activist or your organization is (like most times) short on funding. But there is the possibility to get travel reimbursement from members of the parliament.
Every MEP may sponsor up to 110 visitors per year in groups larger than 10 people, if you belong to such a visitor group it is mandatory to participate in a tour through the parliament. How much money will be paid to the group members depends on the distance between the departure of the group and Brussels – usually you calculate the average distance if the group is spread throughout Europe. The subsidy is €0.09 per kilometre per visitor plus meal expenses of €40 per visitor. If a group comes from more than 200 kilometres away and stays overnight, additional €60 may be paid for hotel cost coverage.
If you haven’t been to FNF14 yet, you might ask yourself how the weekend will be structured. Therefore a very preliminary and rough schedule here. Some explanations are given below.
We will have plenty of room for workshops – some of them will be pre-organized, some of them will happen spontaneously. We made a small Call for Workshops here, but you are also encouraged to just come and host a discussion, workshop, … you didn’t announce before!
Another really important part is to get to know each other and their groups. Therefore use the opportunity to network – during the workshops, during the breaks or while socializing in the evenings.
Traditionally we make some outside actions in Brussels. There have been demonstrations and last year we made some “surveillance safari” to go and watch the watchers. This was really nice and we are planning another action this year (we’ll let you know more when time comes)
Don’t worry: Of course there will be breaks within the workshop blocks (not like in the schedule above). But as we don’t know how much time the single workshops will need and have rooms to do multiple ones in parallel, we will do this dynamically when deciding about the schedule together.
On Friday we start with the keynote but feel free to come earlier and have a chat.
The sessions on Monday are mainly self-organized meetings! Of course you can join others but there is no sense in talking to a parlamentarian with a huge group of people. Within the next days we’ll give some “tutorial” how to organize such a meeting yourself. And if you have further questions – just go ahead and ask!
Most important: FNF14 needs you! So, if you have suggestions, ideas, you-name-it, just approach us and participate!
We are proud to announce that this year’s Freedom not Fear conference will be kicked off by a keynote speech by privacy advocate Simon Davies. Simon is one of the pioneers of the international privacy arena and founder of the influential watchdog group Privacy International.
Last month, he published a report which revealed that the overwhelming majority of the world’s governments have failed to take any meaningful action in the wake of the disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden (pdf). So what is next for the European institutions ? We are definitely looking forward to his intervention!
Call for Workshops
We are also busy organising the rest of the weekend. Our schedule will include time for networking, the exchange of experiences and knowledge. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be workshops, talks and discussions. More detailed information will follow soon!
If you already have an idea for a workshop or a talk, please submit a short description by 15 August! Just send us an email: info(at)freedom-not-fear.eu
One of the last things every Freedom not Fear plenary session does is to plan the next Freedom not Fear-Weekend, or at least to fix the date. And for those early birds who like to plan early, we can announce:
Freedom not Fear 2014 will take place 26th – 29th September 2014 at Mundo B.
Some people are currently starting to plan a couple of things. The more people engage in helping, the better! If you want to help, please have a look at the Wiki – and join the international mailinglist. That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! And just join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you with acommodation and such. You will find more information about that here, as soon as we know.
You also may have a look what last year’s FNF-Weekend looked like, thanks to our first-time participants from “GoVeto”, who made this short video-introduction.